so july was quite shitty. apologies in advance for long and heavy post
we had a series of explosions at a naval base on 11th july which killed 13 people and left 62 injured. it took out our biggest power plant, responsible for 60% of the island's electricity production so we are going through daily blackouts (40celcius temperature with no air conditioning and no fridge. trust me, no fun). companies are struggling to keep working with the non-stop electricity powercuts.
the crater at naval base: 50 metres wide, 10 metres deep
in remembrance for the victims: flowers and candles outside the presidential palace
thousands of protesters outside the presidential palace, demanding the president's resignation
that my generation has felt anything as strong as this in the political area
protestors face-to-shield with riot police on the second night of protests
the names of the victims
"we are crying on our own, tear gas isn't needed"
this appeared the day after riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd of emotional protesters
(i was also there that night, the presidential palace is 10 minutes from my house)
the funeral of the youngest soldiers to die in the blast: 18year old twin brothers
the aftermath of the tear gas launch
we're now in a strange new routine: at work we move around the stores and stockrooms with flashlights and mini-lanterns. at home we've got interrupted internet/telephone/tv service, problems with food storage and warnings of water shortages because most of our supply comes from desalination plants which need power to run. the problems with the electricity will be going on for the next two months at least. and then... who knows?
at work: opening the rear door to illuminate the store as much as possible
im amazed that some people still feel like shopping
an eerie stockroom as seen by flashlight yesterday
photos by me, my friends and cyprus press